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Is Leader Humility a Friend or Foe, or Both? An Attachment Theory Lens on Leader Humility and Its Contradictory Outcomes

Karunanithi, Bharanitharan; Chen, Zhen (George); Bahmannia, Somayeh; Lowe, Kevin B.


As studies continue to accumulate on leader humility, it has become clear that humility (one of the moral virtues) in a leader is largely beneficial to his or her followers. While the majority of the empirical research on this topic has demonstrated the positive effects of leader humility, this study challenges that consensus by arguing that a leader’s humble behavior can have contradictory outcomes in followers’ voice behavior. Drawing on attachment theory, we develop a model which takes into...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-05-18
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Business Ethics
DOI: 10.1007/s10551-018-3925-z


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